A New Year is always a great way for you to begin again, and its true for your pup as well. Whether you have just rescued a dog, have a dog that has been sitting at home with you while you work, or a new puppy, training your dog sets them up for both success and happiness. In this article, we'll explore popular training tactics that you can try out alongside your dog!
Why is it important to train your dog?
There are many reasons why you should consider training your dog.
- Training provides dogs with mental and physical stimulation, which helps them to thrive in any environment.
- Training can help combat behavioral issues, such as responding negatively to strangers or damaging furniture.
- Training allows you to spend quality bonding time with your dog, building a stronger relationship.
- Training can help you to build your dog's confidence.
Top Tips For Training Your Dog.
Embrace Science When Curating Your Training Program.
According to a recent article from The Bark, "scientifically-based training principles have been gaining ground in the dog-training world. This trend continues with more trainers than ever pursuing continuing education with a scientific basis and an emphasis on critical thinking skills."
Many scientific studies surrounding dog-training techniques are designed to help owners better understand their dog's behaviors. This provides you with a chance to correct them. For example, in the past, owners have struggled with this because they try to detect human expressions or emotions on their dog's faces - such as a 'guilty face' when dogs have done something wrong. However, this expression, often featuring wide eyes and flattened ears, "appears to be more associated with the owner's body language and tone of voice, rather than being a display of remorse."
Training your dog to respond to your body language, however, can help them understand when they have done something wrong, which reduces the likelihood of these behaviors becoming a common occurrence.
Even humans take an incentive-based approach to our daily tasks. For example, we may gift ourselves some chocolates or a sweet treat as a reward at the end of the day. As a result, it's no surprise that reward-based training is incredibly effective with our canine friends. If you were shocked or forced to wear something around your neck that hurt you every time your boss perceived you as doing something “wrong” you most likely wouldn’t stay around very long and would resent authority. The same is true with dogs. Dog’s should learn behaviors that you want to see in them through positive reinforcement. Even shouting or yelling are forms of negative reinforcement and dogs often mistake that for barking. At our daycare we don’t allow staff to raise their voices - they need to work with dogs in a positive manner in order to get them to be responsive. In face, yelling can cause anxiety and fear; which are proven to make animals learn slower. It's unkind and doesn't create lasting results."
Our website has a wide range of healthy treats and chews that will work as great incentives when training your dog.
Toys like plushies and puzzles can also come in handy when training your dog. This again acts as "a reward mechanism for good listening and obeying commands. For example - using the toy as a reward that they get to chew on and play with after a job well done".
Toys can also help your dogs develop new skills. For example, Tug Rope Toys are an excellent training tool. According to the American Kennel Club, they are beneficial as they promote impulse control by tapping into natural drives, "making it a motivational, reinforcing, and high-value training tool."
Incorporating toys into training and play makes the experience much more fun for your dogs. As a result, they're likely to be more attentive and will retain the skills you are working on quicker than if they felt bored or disinterested!
There are many steps you can follow when it comes to training your dog - and we're always here to help. We have a program of services while your pup is at daycare for training, for learning to play, for nosework and puzzle time and to help build confidence. These are great add on’s for your dog and also help cognitive behavior for a long and healthy life.
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